When and where was your first experience of music / singing?
I grew up in a musical family so it’s hard to remember a first experience but I joined a local children’s choir, Enfield Voices aged about 4/5. I was probably a very annoying child as I was always singing around the house.
Where did you grow up? Did you have access to classical music?
I have lived in North London all my life so I have been lucky to have lots of music on my doorstep. My mum is a violinist so I was always surrounded by music. I started going to my local music service and then I auditioned to start at Junior Trinity on Saturdays. I loved spending my Saturday making music with friends and later went on to Junior Guildhall and Junior Academy. I also loved spending my holidays doing as much music as possible doing NCO, NYC, NYSO, LSSO, Pro corda, MusicWorks and many others. As I grew older, I was desperate to expand my music from just Saturdays and was fortunate enough to go to boarding schools with incredible music first as a Music Scholar at Wellington College and then as a Specialist Musician at Wells Cathedral School. I was lucky to have a parent who is a musician to encourage me and guide my musical education.
What has been your most memorable performance so far?
Wow, there are so many to choose from! One that jumps out is a performance with the girls choir at my school, Wells Cathedral School Choralia in the final a choir competition in Rome. We spent four days in Italy preparing and we formed such camaraderie which made the performance so enjoyable with so much commitment from every singer. One of the pieces we performed was Arnesen’s incredibly moving ‘Even when he is Silent’ and it is one of the performances I am most proud to have taken part it, particularly as we won the competition.
What would your dream performance be?
I’m a British music obsessive so it would have to be a programme full of 20th century British music. I guess I would need a time machine for my dream performance so I could go back and play in the first performance of Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis at the Three Choirs Festival in 1910, with my favourite composer Howells in the audience.
What are you looking forward to with Genesis Sixteen?
I am really looking forward to working with some extremely inspiring musicians and exploring lots of new repertoire. I hope to learn loads about working in a professional choral environment.
Outside of singing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I love exploring the British countryside, preferably with a carefully curated playlist.
Are you still in education? Are you in any other young artists schemes?
I have just finished my undergraduate degree at The Royal Academy of Music as a violist, but had singing lessons with Catherine Wyn-Rogers as my 2nd study. In September, I will be doing a Performance Artists Masters at The Guildhall.
Outside of performances with Genesis Sixteen, have you got any concerts coming up?
I’m doing a viola recital and a recital with my quartet this summer at a festival in Norfolk.